Secret of the Unicorn, Chapter 11: Are You Ready for Some Football?

(If you’re reading the original edition, this is Chapter 8.)

The next day, Emily is sitting with the marching band at Stonehill’s football game. She passed her band audition, and I suppose she went through the hassle of getting fitted for a band uniform and ordering proper marching shoes and other band shit like that. I do find it odd, though, that a) a middle school is holding a football game on a Monday, b) that this game is taking place two days after their last one, and c) Stonehill Middle School is playing a high school football team (this only applies to the new edition). No wonder they’re getting their asses handed to them.

In this chapter we’re introduced to another major side-character: Rae Windor, Mrs. Windor’s flute-playing niece. Rae’s a plain-looking girl who’s kinda chatty and self-centered; the only knock against her is that she just happens to be related to Mrs. Windor, which is a little unfair. When we first meet her, she’s going on about cute boys and some minor band politics — which is pretty normal for a twelve (thirteen?) year old girl like her:

“Over here! He totally looked at me. He’s just the cutest guy on the entire football team. Plus he’s an eighth grader, you know. Seventh graders can be so juvenile, don’t you think? I should so play ‘We Will Rock You’, that’s the first song I learned on flute. I’m going to do that for my solo, don’t you think?”

Rae also has the bad habit of blowing bubble gum during band gigs, which — from personal experience — is generally frowned upon.

Anyway, Emily is distracted by some weird music — the same sinuous melody she heard the last time she went to a football game. She starts seeing that weird ghoulish face all over the stadium, too. Emily feels her entire world go into slow-motion, when suddenly she hears a crystal clear note … and then Lorelei shows up.

Except this isn’t Technicolor Dream Horse!Lorelei, but a pure white unicorn. And she’s strutting out on the field, searching desperately for Emily. Unfortunately, two entire football teams and Mrs. Windor try to force Lorelei off. Thankfully, Kara is great at BS’ing and claims that Lorelei is a horse fitted with a fake horn that she brought over from Ravenswood to use as Stonehill’s mascot. This doesn’t go well with the opposing team’s mascot, who taunts Lorelei with a so-called chicken dance.

Lorelei promptly spears the mascot in the face.

Be thankful this is a children’s book: no mascots were physically harmed in this chapter. ^_^

Emily eventually figures out how to get Lorelei off the field: by playing her Trippy Dream Sequence song and adding mental lyrics to it. All those psychic-musical talking sessions with Lorelei must have paid off, because it works. Lorelei leaves the football field, the kids are entertained, and everyone’s happy — well, everyone except Rae, who wanted the solo during the halftime show.

Here’s Lorelei’s song, which was changed slightly in the new edition:

Look into my eyes
Know that you can trust me
Listen to the sound
I’ll always be around

Hear my words
Feel the magic in them
In friendship we are bound
I’ll always be around

You and me
It’s meant to be
We’ll always be
Friends forever

Just for the record, you’re not going to find a recording of this on the Avalon website. There’s no lyric credits at the beginning of the book, so I don’t think it’s an actual song.

Status Update!
Emily learned Lorelei’s Song!

EDIT: Changes in the e-book edition

  • Lorelei’s song is replaced with “Friend in You”.
  • Lorelei tells Emily that she’s not afraid, instead of that they’re friends forever.

Next time: The party tries to figure out what actually reeks of evil in the preserve.

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6 comments

  1. I really enjoyed the illustration for this chapter, with Emily leading Lorelei away while Kara cheerleads.

    I wonder why the song was shortened in the new edition?

      1. Rae’s conversation as well. What’s the point of shortening these moments? Surely the novel didn’t have a limit on words that the new edition filled up elsewhere?

        1. Rae’s comment may actually be related to a serious continuity snarl that only becomes evident at the end of the series. The party starts the series in seventh grade, but are graduating from eighth grade at the very end of the series. The party must still be in seventh grade in this book if Rae is talking about how mature eighth graders are in comparison to boys her own age.

          Now that I think about it, that line should have been kept in. It probably makes continuity a little clearer, in retrospect….

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